“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela. I was impelled to start an educational institution in a rural area mainly because of the disparity between the urban and rural areas, especially with reference to education. I was born and brought up in an agrarian family in a bucolic village, in Kanniyakumari District. While I was doing my doctoral research at the University of Madras, I was amazed to see the manifold facilities offered by the educational institutions in the great city. It was an eye-opening experience for me. I felt deeply aggrieved over the denial of such splendid infrastructure and high-quality education to the rural children. This rural and urban-divide induced me to start an institution which can equal any top-notch institution in the city. I chose my native place as the location. I started the school in a room in our home with three students! I did some research on different educational Boards. Finally, I settled on ICSE. I christened it Excel Central School. Like a small seed sown in a fertile soil, it sprouted and grew like a luxuriant banyan tree in the passage of time. I can’t take all the credit for the phenomenal success. Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam says, “The fine threads of individual efforts are woven into a mighty fabric of great strength”. True to this dictum, without the support of my family members, parents and my friends, my efforts would not have born fruits. Now the Excel Central School has two sisters – Excel Global School (Cambridge syllabus) and Excel Higher Secondary School. All the three schools have state-of-the-art infrastructure. The rural students living in and around Thiruvattar have the chance of receiving a hi-tech education. The alumni are studying in first-class institutions in India and abroad. Their performance in the higher education institutions is exemplary. They carry the stamp of Excel, especially their spectacular communicative skills, wherever they go. Thus, Excel has become a centre of learning which transforms the lives of all those who come here to learn.